24 May 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Tang was up against fellow pianist William Bracken and violinist Kryštof Kohout for the Gold Medal
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has announced pianist Stephanie Tang as their Gold Medal winner for 2022.
The prize is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years, and this year saw three instrumentalists take to the Barbican stage in London to perform a concerto of their choice with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Leaper.
Tang impressed the audience and the judges with a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor. She comments, "It was incredible to end my artist diploma playing with my colleagues and friends of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra; and to play in the Barbican Hall is just the cherry on top of a wonderful experience!
I am incredibly honoured to have won the Gold Medal and to have shared the stage this evening with two incredible musicians. The evening would have been nothing without such a warm reception from the audience and the orchestra.”
The young Chinese-American pianist has already had an impressive career to date. At the age of 12, she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and at sixteen, made her orchestral solo debut with the West Covina Symphony Orchestra. She has since then performed solo recitals in Los Angeles, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Sendai, the Netherlands, Banff, Ottawa, Toronto and Gijon.
In 2017, she competed in the Sendai International Piano Competition and was a finalist in the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. In 2021, she was a semi-finalist in the Montreal International Piano Competition and performed in Brussels at the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition.
Her Gold Medal-winning performance is available to watch below.